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Faculty Research Interests

 

Below are the research interests of academic staff who are engaged in supervising PhD students registered in the School of Business. In some cases, faculty members have indicated specific projects which not only interest them but also for which they may have funding for PhD students. If you are interested in a particular research theme or a specific research project, please make direct contact with the faculty member in question.

 

Supervisor:    Barry, Frank                                           Email: frank.barry@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include foreign direct investment and economic, business and industrial history.

Doctoral research projects currently under supervision include aspects of economic development and foreign direct investment.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the following areas:

1. MNCs and Global Development:

  • How corporation tax affects the architecture of different country’s MNCs
  • Aggressive tax planning  by MNCs

2. Irish Economic and Business History:

  • Compiling a firm-level database on wages paid in Ireland up to 1973
  • How did Irish versus non-Irish protectionist-era firms respond to the trade liberalisation of the 1960s and 1970s?
  • Analysis of the rise and demise of firms in Ireland up to the trade liberalisation of the 1960s
  • Archival research on economic and business policymaking in Ireland

3. Construction of measures of revealed comparative advantage (for Ireland) that correct for the import content of exports.

 

 

Supervisor:     Berrill, Jenny                                               Email: jberril@tcd.ie 

Areas of research interest include international finance and international business.

Doctoral research projects currently under supervision include (i) the benefits of indirect international portfolio diversification, (ii) the benefits of industrial versus international portfolio diversification, and (iii) firm-level geographic sales analysis in international portfolio diversification.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the areas of (i) the regionalisation / globalisation debate in international business, (ii) investing in emerging markets and emerging market MNCs, and (iii) indirect portfolio diversification.

 

Supervisor:     Brady, Mairead                                             Email: mairead.brady@tcd.ie

My current research focus is on contemporary marketing practice and information technology (IT); digital marketing; marketing metrics; social media and social networking; exploring ‘big’ data issues; exploring database and dashboard technologies. My focus is on information and communication technology diffusion and application, the management of resulting information and a customer-centric perspective.

Doctoral research projects currently under supervision include – exploring the changing role of marketing and financial metrics as a result of the recession; investigating the contemporary challenge of managing the deluge of data from social media and how organisations use technology to support their decision-making; preparing a model for technology mediated customer firm engagements, with a focus on firm sponsored social media websites

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the areas highlighted above and/or; (i) Digital technology in marketing, (ii) Social media and social networking, (iii) Data overload and (iv) Technology usage in data analysis and interpretation.


Supervisor:     Brennan, Louis                                              Email: brennaml@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include Global Strategy, Supply Chain Management, International Business, Technology Management and Culture & Operations Strategy.

Doctoral research projects currently under supervision include Culture and Innovation Strategy, FDI, Internationalisation, and Manufacturing Policy & Strategy.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the following areas: Supply Chain Management, FDI and Internationalisation particularly relating to firms from the fast growing emerging economies entering the advanced developed countries.

 

Supervisor:     Browne, Sarah                                              Email: sarah.browne@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include practice-based research in marketing and strategy.  My current research focus is on strategy-as-practice perspectives, looking at the micro-level ‘doings’ of strategy making within organizations, particularly research exploring middle management practices.  I am also interested in researching contemporary marketing practice, and the alignment/ misalignment of marketing and business strategy within organizations. 

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the following areas: i) marketing strategy ii) marketing practice ii) strategy practice iii) middle management research.

 

Supervisor:     Campa, Domenico                                        Email: campad@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include corporate governance and its effect on the quality of annual reports; fair value accounting; earnings management; auditing; creative accounting and detection of fraud.

Doctoral research projects currently under supervision include an investigation into the relationship between corporate governance and earnings quality in developing economies, with a particular emphasis on GCC countries.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the following areas (i) earnings manipulation behaviour in bankruptcy firms; (ii) issues in the concentration of audit quality; and (iii) relevance of fair value accounting.

 

Supervisor:     Campbell, Norah                                           Email: norah.campbell@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include critical marketing, especially critical service marketing; aesthetics, especially in the area of advertising as well as new methods of visual culture; and the philosophy of technology, especially theory development around technology and consumption.

Vacancies exist for critically engaged, imaginative students in the areas outlined above.

 

Supervisor:     Coghlan, David                                             Email:   dcoghlan@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include developing a general empirical method in organisation development and action research, the philosophy of action learning and clinical inquiry, methodologies for insider action research, and methodologies for learning networks.

Doctoral research projects currently under supervision include (i) managing change in large public service organisations, and (ii) developing transformational leaders through leadership development programmes.

No Vacancies for additional PhD students exist for the 2014-2015 academic year.

 

Supervisor:     Coughlan, Paul                                             Email:   coughlnp@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include operations improvement, new product development and commercialisation of university research.

Doctoral research projects currently under supervision include new service development, design for aesthetics and inter-organisational collaboration.

No Vacancies for additional PhD students exist for the 2014-2015 academic year.

 

Supervisor:     Crossan, Denise                                              Email: crossand@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include social entrepreneurship, incorporating mapping social entrepreneurship activity, classification of social enterprises, hybridism in social enterprise, nascent social entrepreneurship, measurement of social impact, gender and social entrepreneurship, and corporate social responsibility.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the areas outlined above.

 

Supervisor:     Donnelly-Cox, Gemma                                 Email:   gdnnllyc@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include organisation theory, the nonprofit organisational form and philanthropy: impact of blurring sectoral boundaries (public, private, nonprofit) and hybridisation of organisational forms; the effects of social entrepreneurship in the European context; the impact of loss of support on organisational fields; and philanthropy and the public good

Doctoral research projects currently under supervision include: organisational survival and field-level transformations; institutional logics and field-level change processes; women and philanthropy.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the following areas: organisational hybridisation; social entrepreneurship in Europe: the effects of social entrepreneurship

 

Supervisor:     Fellenz, Martin                                              Email:   mfellenz@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include organizational behaviour (organisational justice and fairness, organisational change and adaptation, organisational capabilities for information processing (especially in innovative and service contexts), implications of the dual-process model of human information processing for management and organisational behaviour, and work motivation and engagement); higher education (student and study engagement and links to student progression and academic success, assessment for learning, process-oriented threshold concepts in higher education, the role of reflective practice in professional development in HE, and implementation challenges in curriculum development and design); management and professional education (identity development and change in the context of professional development and practice, the educational philosophy underlying management, medical, and other professional education and development, and the contemporary relevance of the concept of ‘Bildung’ in management education).

Doctoral research projects currently under supervision include work on the determinants of work engagement and performance.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in all of the above and in aligned and/or closely related topic areas.

 

Supervisor:     Giblin, Majella                                               Email:   giblinma@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include industrial clusters (the evolution of high-tech regional clusters, ‘born-global’ clusters, regional innovation systems, the  role of inward and outward FDI (foreign direct investment) in industrial clusters); entrepreneurship (aspects of the process of entrepreneurship, serial entrepreneurs, founders’ learning experience and network connections, entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurship policy),  innovation (innovation policy, global and local inter-organisational networks for innovation).

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in any of the areas outlined above, though preference will be given to students interested in the geography of industry, entrepreneurship or innovation.

 

Supervisor:     Keating, Mary                                               Email:   mkeating@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include human resource management and strategy specifically in the health sector; international human resource management; cross-cultural management including leadership and ethical behaviour within and across cultures.

Doctoral research projects currently under supervision include Globalisation and knowledge intensity in international financial service firms; the demise of the strike as a manifestation of Industrial Relations conflict in Irish healthcare organisations; and Communication Strategy: The role of humour in patient-professional communication.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the area of healthcare people management and in cross-cultural management / international HRM.

 

Supervisor:     Lucey, Brian                                                  Email:   blucey@tcd.ie 

Areas of research interest include behavioural finance, financial market contagion, and the financial economics of precious metals.

Doctoral research projects currently under supervision include statistical arbitrage of precious metals, gold bubbles and lease rates, bimetallism in China and safe haven assets in financial crises.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the following areas: bubble in financial markets especially commodities; effect of macroeconomic announcements on bond markets; and time variation and regime switching in safe haven assets.

 

Supervisor:     McDonagh, Joe                                             Email: jmcdongh@tcd.ie 

Principal interest in the process of leading large-scale change across complex systems of organizations, particularly change enabled by the deployment of modern ICT systems. Specific research themes include the diverse roles of managerial groups (e.g. executive management, senior management, middle management, ICT management) in leading large-scale change; integrating organizational strategy, change, and ICT; and collaborative approaches to inquiry and change.

Doctoral research projects currently under supervision are focused on the manner in which individual and groups engage in (i) strategy-making and strategy-execution as they relate to ICT; (ii) integrating organizational and ICT strategies; and (iii) integrating technological and organizational change.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in any of the areas outlined above.

 

 

Supervisor:     McHugh, Gerard                                           Email:   gmchugh@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include (i) the legislative/legal history of accounting & financial reporting regulation from 1844 to the present; and (ii) financial analysis of modern enterprises / industries, especially where such analyses can contribute to our understanding of industry change.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the above areas, and other business areas where financial analysis forms a key part of the proposed research.

 

Supervisor:     Quinn, James                                     Email:   james.quinn@.ie

Research interests in the areas of industry and organisational evolution, with an emphasis on drivers and process of change. Particular interest in distribution and more recently service industries as these are the least explored areas within the field. Grocery wholesaling in Britain and Ireland has been a particular research domain.

Doctoral research projects currently under supervision include studies of the relationship between industry evolution and branding, franchising, digital technology, entrepreneurship   and strategy process.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students interested in studying issues related to the drivers and process of industry and organisational evolution.

 

Supervisor:     Regan, Padraic                                              Email:   reganpa@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include strategic decision-making, environmental uncertainty, cross-cultural management and academic integrity.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the area of investigating the relationship between strategic decision-making processes and corporate culture.

 

Supervisor:     Rhodes, Mary Lee                                         Email:   rhodesml@tcd.ie

My research is aimed at understanding and improving the contribution of Public Service Systems to societal well-being.  Specific areas of focus within this theme include:  defining and measuring social impact, modelling complex public service systems, processes of value co-creation and analytics for service managers.

Doctoral research projects currently under supervision include work on performance measurement in healthcare and policy-change processes.

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the following areas:

  • Co-creation processes in collaborative urbanism (see COST TU1204 project)
  • Indicators and drivers of well-being in urban environments
  • Hybrid organisations in housing / homeless service sectors
  • Measures of risk and return in Social Investment markets
  • Analytics for public service managers

 

Supervisor:     Sevic, Aleksandar                                         Email:   a.sevic@tcd.ie

Areas of research interest include international finance and corporate governance.

Doctoral research projects currently under supervision include a) Financial Statement Fraud: The Impact of Social Status, Gender Diversity and Managerial Hubris, b) An Investigation into Estimating the Prospective Equity Risk Premium, and c) Ownership Structure, Multinationality and Sentiment-Related Aspects of Cost of Equity

Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the following areas: corporate governance and M&A, emerging markets and market microstructure.

 


Last updated 27 February 2014 business@tcd.ie.